The Controversial Wedding Etiquette Rules Experts Say Matter Most in 2024

We may not even realize it, but almost everywhere we go, there is an expected etiquette—the airport, the grocery store, concerts, the dog park, and so on. You’d be hard-pressed to find a situation in which etiquette is more important than at a wedding. It’s such an important day for all involved, and no one wants to stand out for the wrong reasons.

What makes wedding etiquette so tricky is that we don’t go to weddings all that often. These events happen maybe a couple of times a year, so it can be hard to remember the rules or even know them in the first place. Additionally, wedding etiquette has evolved over the years along with society. Much of what was customary at your parents’ wedding might seem dated today. That said, some wedding rules will probably never change. It’s a lot to wrap your head around and remember, so I reached out to a team of experts to break down the complicated, often controversial subject of wedding etiquette.

Between a team of wedding planners, an etiquette expert, a bridal stylist, and the founder of a wedding website, all of the bases are covered. Read on for their need-to-know tips for guests, the wedding party, and the soon-to-be married couple.

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